When it comes to chicken and chicken-related items at the commissary, there's good news and there's bad news.
First, the good news.
If you're a chicken fan stationed in Korea, you'll soon be able to once again buy cooked chicken products at the commissary, officials announced earlier this month. That means items like lunch meat, nuggets, frozen dinners and lunchables will be back on shelves. Officials hope shelves to be fully stocked again by Labor Day.
The commissaries in Korea have had to severely limit their U.S. provided chicken items since December, when, thanks to the bird flu, the Korean government placed a ban on all poultry imported from the states. Since then officials have been sourcing fresh chicken and eggs from Korea and Australia.
And now, the bad news.
If you're a person stateside who eats or cooks with a lot of eggs, you've probably noticed that the price has climbed steadily over the past few months as an egg shortage (again, thanks to the bird flu) continues.
Commissary egg prices seem to be pretty consistent with those off base. While I heard rumors of cheaper eggs at Walmart off base here near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for example, they turned out to not be true. Bonus: there's a Land o' Lakes egg coupon on the commissary coupon app right now that push the price per dozen down just a hair below the otherwise cheaper brand.
So just how has the egg price been acting? Officials at the commissary put together this tracker for me.
Maybe, someday, egg prices will fall again. Commissary officials said they still have no plans to ration eggs, unlike some stores.
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